Since the introduction of CBD oil as a product for medicinal use, there has been a lot of discussion and research around its uses as a treatment for insomnia.

For many people, the calming effects of CBD as a specific active ingredient help them to live their lives without the difficulties that come with lack of sleep.

In this blog post we’ll be discussing the effects of CBD oil on those who experience insomnia, and whether or not ingesting CBD oil can actually extrapolate insomnia in others.

To understand whether CBD can improve sleep, we first have to understand what causes poor sleep. 

Many things can cause you to sleep badly. According to the Mayo Clinicinsomnia can be caused by:

  • mental health disorders,such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression
  • medication, which can disturb your sleep-wake cycle
  • physical conditions, such as chronic painandrestless leg syndrome
  • caffeine, especially when consumed late in the day
  • environmental factors, such as loud noises or an uncomfortable bed

There are different active ingredients within cannabis – the ingredient CBD is well known for its calming effects as a cannabinoid.

Research published in 2019 looked at whether CBD could improve sleep and or reduce anxiety. The study involved 72 subjects, with 47 experiencing anxiety and 25 experiencing poor sleep. The subjects were each given 25 milligrams (mg) of CBD in capsule form each day. In the first month, 79.2 percent of the patients reported lower anxiety levels and 66.7 percent reported better sleep.

CBD can also actually work to counteract the psychoactive effects of THC, caffeine and other stimulants, as well as for those who suffer from anxiety as a condition unrelated to cannabis.

Research relating to this is still in its infancy, but there are some reputable studies that have shown the measurable positive effects. The following study by Soares and Campos indicates the anxiolytic-like effect of CBD in both humans and animals, further reinforcing the evidence that indicates CBD to be the ‘calming’ ingredient in cannabis:

It is important to note that in some rare cases, CBD oil can trigger cannabis-caused anxiety (i.e. when someone is paranoid about ingesting the plant – psychosomatic), and as a result can lead to insomnia.

There are also some instances where traces of THC may still be found in CBD oil. For this reason, it is important for those purchasing CBD oil to check they have purchased from a reputable source with a high-quality product. Anything that we endorse on CBDecoded has been verified by 3rd party testing.

Overall, CBD oil does not cause insomnia, and it is important to think of CBD and THC as separate entities. This could otherwise lead to common misconceptions that paint CBD oils with the same brush as other cannabis usage.

It may well be worth those who suffer from insomnia and anxiety to research this themselves and decide whether or not CBD oil may be able to assist them with the symptoms that they experience on a daily basis.